Committee: The occupation violates human rights principles by repeating the policy of extending detention against journalists

The Committee to Support Journalists confirmed today, Saturday, that the Israeli occupation is violating human rights principles in light of its repetition of the policy of extending detention against journalists, and its procrastination in issuing sentences against those detained for several years without any charges.

In a statement, the committee condemned the method of arresting the prisoners, postponing their trial, and keeping them in detention without reason in the investigation cellars, noting that 17 journalists are still imprisoned in the occupation prisons.

She referred to the procrastination of the occupation authorities yesterday, Friday, in pronouncing the verdict against the prisoner journalist Yazan Jaafar Abu Salah from the town of Arrabeh in the city of Jenin in the West Bank, for the 22nd consecutive time, noting that the occupation court had postponed his trial early this month, provided that the pronouncement of the verdict would be determined again before To be postponed without specifying a new date.

She pointed out that the prisoner Yazan Abu Salah has entered his third year in prison and is still detained, noting that he was arrested on January 19, 2020, at a pilot checkpoint between Zatara and Hawara and has been in solitary confinement cells (Al-Jalama) prison since his arrest.

The committee indicated that the occupation court also postponed this month the trial of journalist prisoner Youssef Yaqoub Fawadila (31 years old) for the fourth time from Aboud village in Ramallah in the West Bank until 18/1/2022. .

The committee expressed its condemnation of the occupation’s persistence in the policy of arresting and harassing journalists, and placing them in the occupation cells without any charges, whether by arresting them or detaining them administratively. They were sentenced to administrative detention and to renew the period of administrative detention several times in a row.

The committee indicated that after the release this month of the writer Ahmed Qatamesh, who was arrested, and Thamer Sabaaneh, who was administratively detained, the occupation still detains 17 journalists and media professionals, including (7) detained journalists, and actual sentences have been issued against them. Five journalists are still in the occupation prisons, administratively detained without charge.

The committee pointed out that (5) of the journalists are still in detention, awaiting sentencing.

In its statement, the Committee to Support Journalists said, “We view with great gravity the repetition of the policy of extending detention against journalists, and we consider it a grave violation of human rights principles, especially Article (19) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and it constitutes a violation of the rules of international humanitarian law. , which ensured protection for journalists.

She added, "The occupation practices organized state terrorism against the Palestinian media in a miserable Israeli attempt to silence the Palestinian media and undermine the steadfastness of the Palestinian people."

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